The Iwo Jima-class amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans (LPH-11) was decomissioned in 1997 and mothballed at Suisun Bay until 2006. She was moved to Pearl Harbor in 2006 to prep for disposal via SINKEX, and was finally sunk during RIMPAC 2010.
Decommissioned USS New Orleans (LPH 11) taking fire during SINKEX, July 10, 2010.
New Orleans begins to roll during SINKEX, RIMPAC 2010.
New Orleans takes fire from a line of surface combat ships, July 10, 2010.
New Orleans begins to sink after being engaged by the Australian navy frigate HMAS Warramunga (FFH 152) with her 5-inch gun.
New Orleans rolls on its side and begins to sink after being impacted by rounds fired from several ships.
Decommissoned US Navy amphibious assault ship USS New Orleans (LPH 11) slips below the surface at the conclusion of SINKEX, July 10, 2010.
New Orleans sunk on July 10, 2010 approx. 70-miles NW of Kauai, Hawaii.
A “must listen” BBC documentary uncovering clear culpability of the French government and (state-owned) defence contractor Dassault in Argentine Exocet attacks on HMS Sheffield and Atlantic Conveyor.
Document – French Involvement in the Falklands War
Mike Thomson returns with Radio 4’s investigative history series, examining documents which shed new light on past events.
In the first programme of the new series, Mike investigates the role played by the French Government and defence industry during the Falklands War.
30 years on, it’s well documented that French President Francois Mitterrand was supportive of the British war effort – not least in the memoirs of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Yet Mike discovers papers which suggest there was a deep split within the French government.
BBC Radio 4
Producer: Laurence Grissell
Original broadcast date: 05/03/2012